Am I the only one who feels like those people making the calls at Mozilla have expectations about short-/mid-term adoption that are completely out of whack with reality?
Why are they even trying to do these projects, if they don’t have the endurance to see if they will work out in the end?
The lasting result of this mismanagement will be that it will be increasingly harder to convince people to adopt Mozilla technology in the future.
Not at all; I think that’s a good explanation of how they got to this point.
No, this is pretty much my opinion as well. They seem to be mistaking the way they want the world to be with the way it actually works, which is hard to sustain without a Giant Funnel Of VC Money. The skim they get from Google is probably not sufficient to force the world to reconfigure itself into a Mozilla-shaped reality.
In the end, Mozilla is a company like any other. I always saw the Firefox OS platform as an open alternative for Android/iOS and a very promising solution for cheap smartphones. Now the question is: was it only marketing?
I mean, I don’t see any meaningful sense in which Firefox OS was more open than CyanogenMod (an Android variant which does not preinstall Google apps). It certainly wasn’t cheaper. So, yes, trying to act as though it’s distinct from existing options when it’s not is pretty much the definition of “only marketing”.
I would have liked to think everyone saw that as obvious when it was first announced, but I guess not.